Montana Gov blasts Biden: “If making data-driven decisions to reopen … is what a Neanderthal would do, then … count me as one”
Governor Greg Gianforte: “If making data-driven decisions to reopen, loving freedom, and trying to get back to normal is what a Neanderthal would do, then well, I guess you can count me as one.”
Republic governors are clearly forming state-specific #Resistance strategies in response to actions being taken by the current administration.
We recently reported that Texas Governor Greg Abbott was deriding Biden for current immigration rule changes that were allowing COVID-positive illegal immigrants into the country, despite the fact that legal travelers into the country now have to be tested and confirmed free of the coronavirus before entry. This is in addition to the administration’s “science” based social distancing rules that now allow migrant shelters to operate at full capacity.
When Biden accused officials from Texas and Mississippi of ‘Neanderthal thinking’ over lifting COVID restrictions (based on real science), Montana’s Republican Governor Greg Gianforte said Biden “degraded” himself with his remarks.
Gianforte explained that hospitalizations are down and Montana is “open for business” during an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” asserting that a “one-size fits all” approach to coronavirus mandates “doesn’t make sense” for the needs of every state.
“For a president that called for unity to degrade himself to name-calling, doesn’t make any sense at all,” Gianforte told Steve Doocy.
Gianforte said that by removing the mask mandate and prioritizing resources to those most vulnerable, the state is seeing “great results.”
As an example of the impracticality of continuing mask mandates for the western state, Gianforte added that of the 56 counties in the state, one county is nearly three times the size of Rhode Island with only 1,000 residents.
In fact, Gianforte offered a pitch-perfect response to the trite quip:
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, also a Republican, crafted the perfect response to Biden’s attack on freedom-loving Americans.
“If making data-driven decisions to reopen, loving freedom, and trying to get back to normal is what a Neanderthal would do, then well, I guess you can count me as one,” he said Wednesday on Twitter.
If making data-driven decisions to reopen, loving freedom, and trying to get back to normal is what a Neanderthal would do, then well, I guess you can count me as one. https://t.co/TYmjMuoR8Y
— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) March 4, 2021
The governor also recently blasted Biden over border security and immigration issues. Gianforte stressed he was concerned for the safety of his state’s communities due to the collapse of border control. The governor cited increasing meth distribution as a real source of alarm.
“In Montana, we are concerned about meth coming across the border. It’s ripping our families and communities apart. And opening these borders back up, it’s just not good for our communities here in Montana.”
Montana law enforcement officials have increasingly encountered meth, former Montana Attorney General Tim Fox wrote in the Independent Record. Fox, who is also a Republican, said the drug is produced in Mexico and smuggled to the U.S. in large amounts, but Montana border units have closed inland screening checkpoints as well as removed resources from the state’s northern border, causing a lack in law enforcement.
“In fact, they have closed immigration checkpoints on highway arterials miles from the border to divert personnel to deal with managing and caring for people,” Fox wrote. “These checkpoints were once instrumental in interdicting illegal drugs, but smugglers now have a clear path to anywhere in the U.S., even Montana, after crossing the border.”
I would like to note that Gianforte may have to make new plans related to population density in the near future. Zoom-work lifelstyles have made his state a more appealing option than it once was.
…Although the data behind the supposed influx of out-of-staters is hard to pin down, it’s an empirical fact that residential home sales in Montana have continued to push upward, and real estate professionals, housing advocates and economists say 2020 saw fundamental changes to the state’s housing market — in part, some suspect, because workers are also discovering that with a computer and internet connection, they can live anywhere.
Local realtors and the multiple listing services paint a picture of huge growth in residential markets, driven largely by a record-high demand and a lagging inventory of homes. That growth also appears to be pushing housing prices higher, often outpacing Montana’s average household income.
When looking for the next candidate for 2024, I will be keeping an eye out for those leaders who effectively challenge the current administration on all freedom-crushing policies that are detrimental to Americans. I wish both Abbott and Gianforte a lot of success with their approach.DONATE
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